Motorsport in a motorhome is a great experience and is very popular at major events all over the world. Just ask Wayne Palleson.
As the owner of Iconic Motorsport Adventures, Wayne has been to some of the biggest motorsport events in the world. It started with regular trips across the Tasman for the Melbourne Grand Prix. Then in 2009, Palleson organised a tour for a small group of friends to the Indianapolis 500 in the US. It was the first time he’d hired a motorhome and it was such a success that when he came home to New Zealand he set up a travel company offering guided tours to motorsport events around the world.
“I liked the idea of a motorhome because I’d seen American motorsport events before and there were always hundreds of motorhomes parked up in the infield,” says Palleson. “When we hired a motorhome for the Indy 500 in 2009 we had an absolute ball. The atmosphere of all those motorsport fans parked up together is incredible. They’re very friendly people and they’re all there to have a good time and enjoy the racing.”
For people who don’t own their own motorhome Mighway (www.mighway.co.nz) is a new service that makes it easy to organise a short or long term rental.
“We’re the Airbnb for motorhomes in New Zealand,” says Jason Nockels of Mighway. “We connect motorhome owners with guests from New Zealand and around the world. We’ve got over 300 vehicles on the platform now so we’ve seen significant growth in less than a year. We’ve got everything from small vans for two people to converted buses that can sleep six or more.”
Mighway is an affordable and convenient way to hire a motorhome and is ideal for motorsport fans.
“Motorhome accommodation is a popular option for events or festivals but quite often the commercial fleets often have quite long rental periods. With Mighway, while some of our owners have a minimum rental period, it varies and tends to be a much shorter timeframe than the commercial fleets.”
“Motorhomes are becoming more and more popular at motorsport events in New Zealand,” says Wayne Palleson, “and it’s easy to see why. You have your accommodation on site so you don’t have to drive to a hotel. You don’t have to rely on takeaway food because you can bring your own and if you get tired of the motorsport during the day you can go back to your van and read a book or chill out. You can wander around the track in the evening and you get to meet some very interesting people. For me, it’s the best way to watch motorsport.”
The Hampton Downs Motorhome Park can accommodate up to 100 vehicles. We also have a limited number of infield parks available for this event.
Click here for more information about motorhomes at the 101.
Zade Quilter October 13, 2016
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